The Red Cross is always in need of blood donations. However, in the aftermath of the recent natural disasters that have impacted different portions of the country, it is vital to have a wide variety of blood types from a plethora of donors.
Some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so having an assorted blood supply is important to meet the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population. Red Cross reports that patients are less likely to experience complications from blood donated by someone of a similar ethnicity. Some local blood donation opportunities are coming up during the month of October.
In Pulaski County, a blood drive is being held at Knights of Columbus in Winamac from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on October 11th.
Starke County residents have the chance to donate in a few local places as well. On October 3rd a drive will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Knox Community Center. On October 12th from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. the United Methodist Church in North Judson will hold a blood donation drive. Toward the end of the month, on October 25th, North Judson-San Pierre Elementary School will hold a drive from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
La Porte County will also feature a few blood drives. On October 9th, two events are scheduled. La Porte Hospital will hold a drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. while the First Church of God in La Porte will have one from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. On October 19th the St. Peter Church in La Porte will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and there will be a drive at the Center of La Cross from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. that same day. Another drive will be held on October 26th from noon until 5 p.m. at the Golden Living Center.